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Santa Monica Launches “Buy Local, Give Local Week”

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By Lookout Staff

September 11, 2015 -- Thirty one businesses across Santa Monica will take part in a campaign to help raise money for five local charities and non-profits during the annual Buy Local, Give Local week starting Saturday.

The campaign -- which runs through September 20 – is a “citywide display of local unity and support” that will “rally shoppers, diners, fitness enthusiasts” and others to local businesses across the beach city’s five business districts, Buy Local officials said.

Throughout the week, each business will host a unique charitable promotion with proceeds benefiting Heal the Bay, Westside Food Bank, Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, Westside Family Health Center and The Viking Fund, officials said.

“Every dollar raised during Buy Local, Give Local Week will go toward important programs that ensure all kids in our community receive an excellent education,” says Linda Gross, executive director for the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation.

The programs funded by the Foundation include arts education for every elementary student, instructional assistants in elementary classrooms and grants for each school to help fund science, technology, counseling and other programs, Gross said.

In addition to dining and shopping, there are other ways for locals to participate in Buy Local, Give Local Week, officials said.

The Westside Food Bank will host a peanut butter drive during its Montana Avenue partnership, where “donations of three jars can be exchanged in participating storefronts for savings and rewards,” Buy Local organizers said.

And the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop Santa Monica will offer a week of events that include a Summer Clearance Sidewalk Sale and Fall Preview Event, according to organizers.

The participating businesses belong to the Downtown Santa Monica, Main Street, Montana Avenue, Ocean Park Boulevard, and Pico Boulevard merchant associations.

According to Buy Local Santa Monica, which was created by the City and the local business community, of every dollar spent, approximately 78 cents stays in the city. 

“In championing a local-first mentality, it raises awareness about the economic, environmental and community benefits of buying local,” Buy Local officials said.

For a detailed breakdown of individual merchant's opportunities click here.

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